Omerta, a code of honour, a code of silence, a word with its etymological roots in the word manliness…If that’s the case, then we have here a man: A tall, dark sexy Italian of a man.
This sexy little bar/restaurant occupies one of my favourite spots, and one I’ve frequented for many years in its past life as a providore and cafe. I must admit that I do miss the old Providore Pelagio, but Omerta is a worthy replacement. Still run and owned by Master of Pasta Eugenio Maiale & Nick Palumbo, of neighbouring Gelato Messina, they seem to have finally settled on the wine bar/Italian style tapas concept for this space.
My dining companion for the evening struts in, in her hot new shoes, and we order up big on the cocktail de jour, the Negroni. For her, in its classic form, and for me as a Negroni Milanese or Sbagliato depending on the day of the week (on 25 August menu said Sbagliato, today Milanese) This twist on the negroni considered “wrong” by the addition of prosecco..I much prefer it this way to the the other, and have decided that it’s my summer drink of choice for 2009/10. And I can say I prefer Omerta’s version to the one I had a few days later at Aria, so props to the barman. (All this coming from a very amateur drinker too!)
Perusing the menu we’re unsure of sizes and proper numbers to order for two hungry girls, but we’re soon on our way with a delicious range of morsels…
First up, rabbit rillettes, pate, cornichons and tomato chutney..I couldn’t get enough of this bunny rabbit and pate combo, with the zingy, crisp little cornichons adding some textural relief, but give us more bread to scrape up our pate!
The food here is designed to be shared and nibbled on over drinks in its dark womb-like interior. It’s very dark in here, but very sexy. People like to be seen here, in the dark….
An incredibly hot little number is placed in front of us, and I swoon…I love any kind of egg dish served on tomato with a chilli kick. I don’t care whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner: Ndujia salame with cime di rape, tomato and soft cooked egg:
Unbelievably tasty, and creamy with the egg and oh so moreish.
Croquettes; creamy with potato and salty with cod provides a counterpoint to the previous hot, chilli, full thrust in your face eggs & salame…and an excellent way to segue to our last dish, the cotecchino sausage with lentils and prunes:
Perhaps my least favourite dish of the night, only because of it’s porkiness. However the lentils & prunes are a sparkling accompaniment for the fat sausage.
Where would we be without bomboloni? Well, in this case, without bomboloni! This Italian style deep fried doughnut that I had heard so much about had just been taken off the menu. But never fear, Cannoli is here!
Ricotta and citrus filled tubes of bliss. Probably the freshest I’ve ever eaten. More please.
Omerta is fun and tasty and uber cool. It’s also busy and very popular. Don’t do what I did and rock up unannounced on a recent Saturday night as you won’t get in. Make a booking and go on a date with their fabulous food.
235 Victoria Street
02 9360 1011